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How to save on your broadband costs

Last year I wrote about the terrible broadband service  I was getting from BT. In a nutshell, I was paying £42.99 a month, including line rental, for a speed of 50 MBS when I was actually getting 25 MBS. Since then, BT have made some improvements to the cabinet at the top of Minted Avenue. When...
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Six ways you can save on mobile phone bills

Apple is set to launch a new iPhone (or maybe two) tomorrow but I won’t be upgrading. My iPhone 7, which was cutting-edge when I got it just two years ago, is still going strong. So I’ve been looking at SIM-only deals (where you pay just for calls and data, not the handset) instead and I’ve managed ...
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How to save on school dinners

Salad, salad, salad! Dear Daughter has saved £10s over the last fortnight by making her own packed lunch and taking it to school (see photographic evidence). Admittedly, the mango and pomegranate fruit pot is a bit more premium than the usual apple-choc-biccy combo. In my defence, both were yellow s...
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How to hang up on broadband bills

Breaking up is hard to do, so they say. I’d agree, especially if your unreliable boyfriend is a telecoms giant like BT. We’ve been in a long-term relationship for about seven years and I’ve put up with all sorts of bad behaviour: poor service, slow broadband, line crackle and so on. The final straw ...
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Can I save £1,000 on my energy bills this year?

As we've gone back to winter today, I thought I'd better hit the comparison websites for a new energy deal. Last year I managed to save around £1,000 by switching to Sainsbury’s from British Gas. Could I do the same again? Well, not by staying with Sainsbury’s. They’re more than keen to boot me off ...
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Make serious savings with wonky veg

Do you want to save on your shopping? It’s really easy: just buy the less-than-perfect fruit and vegetables at the supermarket. They are usually marked as being ‘ugly’ or ‘wonky’ and have hefty discounts because they’re a little misshapen, despite being just as fresh and tasty as their more beautifu...
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Counting the cost of living

Here’s another piece of news to add to the January blues: the cost of living is going up. Great! Just as I’m starting to feel really stretched paying back Christmas, I’m told everything’s getting more expensive.  As well as our waistlines, prices were getting inflated during December, the exper...
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Save £££ by booking train travel ahead

I am thrilled to be attending a course next week in Yorkshire on how to write historical fiction. I am even more thrilled at the discount I got from booking my train ticket in advance.  By buying four weeks ahead, I paid a quarter of what they would charge me on the day for a Manchester to Lond...
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Switching gas supplier: not just a lot of hot air

Unbelievably I have saved well over £1,000 on my energy bill – just by switching supplier. I knew you could cut your costs quite radically doing this but I never got round to it. To be frank, I could never figure out my annual usage and then got stalled on the comparison websites when they asked for...
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